Down for the Weekend

Down for the Weekend

I’m going to be moving to a new server starting Friday (October 20). I’m currently using Pair Networks, which has been great. I’m moving to FutureQuest, which has as gold-plated a reputation as Pair. The reason I’m moving is primarily because I’m starting to exceed the “maximum transactions per minute” limit allowed by Pair’s database servers during peak times. I’m also curious about FutureQuest, which I’ve heard good things about, and how the heck one moves a WordPress blog in the first place.

My checklist looks like this:

  • Recreate mailboxes and forwarding aliases on the new server.
  • Copy files over to new server via server-to-server FTP
  • Update dependent services (Basecamp’s FTP settings).
  • Lock comments on the old server blog
  • Clone the WordPress database (which I’ve already tested last month)
  • Switch over the DNS name servers from Pair to FutureQuest, and wait for the new DNS information to propagate over the weekend.
  • Cross my fingers

My email will also be up and down as the nameservers sort themselves out on Saturday and Sunday.


Hm, that MediaTemple Grid-Server package is looking kinda tasty too.